Liz Cheney, Jim Jordan, Mevin McCarethy, shotgun, political cartoon
When environmental solutions to the climate crisis come with socio-economic benefits, it’s a win-win. While these co-benefits are inherent to most climate solutions, they’re not always effectively communicated or efficiently coordinated.
Not long ago, product placement was an important part of companies to get their brand out there. Movies were loaded with specific drinks, watches, cars, even smokes.
First of all, as I have said before, there must an Israel. Nothing said here below should be taken to mean I do not support the existence of a modern state named Israel. When I have criticized, for example, the United States’ military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, that does not mean I wis…
The waning days of July find me swimming in silken water that feels prematurely cool, gliding by a shoreline maple sporting a single bright red leaf, a distinct reminder that nature will not only have its way, but also set the pace and this summer’s pace has been quick, as though Vermont’s s…
Back in 1894, the modern industrialized urban world was mired in the Great Horse Manure Crisis. One prominent observer predicted that, if human and horse trends continued unabated, in 50 years every street in London would be buried under 9 feet of equestrian dung, which definitely would have…
There’s a distant sweet sound alive on the breezes coming from the south. It floats across the Florida Straits and is audible, I fervently hope, to even the tin ears of Washington, D.C. No, it’s not salsa music, though that’s pretty sweet, too. It’s the roar of common people — most important…
Republicans, insurrectionists, battering ram, Nancy Pelosi’s idea, political cartoon
Fifty years ago next month, with inflation rising and growing trade deficits, President Richard Nixon suspended the conversion of the U.S. dollar into gold. This decision effectively ended the Bretton Woods system — the final attempt at an international gold standard — and ushered in a new e…
Jewish Communities of Vermont expresses our dismay at the decision by Ben & Jerry’s, the company loved by Vermonters for many great reasons, to discontinue selling ice cream in the West Bank.
When America was in the throes of the Great Depression nearly a century ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced a series of initiatives that would be almost impossible to imagine today — at least at the national level. But our brave little state (thanks for that phrase, President…
It’s not surprising that the first objections in this country to vaccination were seated in racism and religion. The fact that vaccination was first introduced in China, India, Africa and the Middle East before it was introduced into England and North America in the 1720s made no difference …
To those people who are disparaging the Tokyo Olympics, go troll somewhere else.
President Joe Biden’s recent Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy contained a grab bag of initiatives covering nearly every major sector of the economy. One of the most harmful provisions of the bunch is a call for the return of heavy-handed Obama-era net neutrali…
The following is the address of Sen. Patrick Leahy on the one-year anniversary of John Lewis’ passing:
Trump, Who’s on First routine, Abbott and Costello, political cartoon
Don’t put those masks away quite yet. It was a good news/bad news kind of day.
In the last few weeks of the session, two committees in the House and Senate were at an impasse over a bill important to both sides. One colleague kept saying to me in increasingly exasperated tones, “Their position doesn’t make any sense. We could clear this up in a few minutes with just a …
While, in general, I agree with your editorial in the July 24 issue, I have to disagree with your thumbs-down to Indiana University requiring COVID-19 vaccination for students and faculty.
America is losing its way. The radical left, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s squad, have taken over our country. They have too much power and are driving us apart with their divisive agenda.
Willem Lange’s trip to Montana to go fly fishing for a few days with buddies on the Upper Missouri River was canceled because of weather and drought, so his column this morning (July 24) is about climate change.
With time running out, discussions on the National Debt Limit are becoming more urgent. The Republicans are holding up such discussions due to objections that accepting the National Debt Limit will result in a boosting of domestic spending and raising taxes on the rich. Such objections are w…
I do not usually do this but I honestly believe that a cogent reply to Mr. Ron Pulcer would not only be appropriate, but it may shed some light on the general view I have on politics in Rutland Town and how I believe it to be far superior to politics in general in our country today. And I am…
We thank Ron Pulcer for his recent commentary regarding the Declaration of Inclusion we have been promoting. We share his disappointment that the Rutland Town Select Board declined to consider it.
About 50 years ago, before I became a property owner and resident in Vermont, my family and I, on a ski trip, got lost on a back road in one of those whiteout Vermont snowstorms. With the car skidding, snow swirling, maps spread out, I had no idea where we were.
Since December 2018, “Vermonters for Vermont” Initiative has been talking about educating every Vermonter about freedom, liberty, individualism, independence, innovation and personal responsibility. We have been defending and promoting our Constitution, free markets and taking risks. We have…
Art Peterson is a dishonorable man. I say this because, in September, he told the Rutland Herald in an interview that he would honor the decision to fly the Black Lives Matter flag if the School Board voted to do so. They did (twice), and he didn’t.
A strong vote of thanks to the Herald for printing, and Ron Pulcer for writing, his eloquent, well-researched article re the Declarations of Inclusion, July 22. Being a non-Zoomer, I had previously expressed similar opinions by email to the Rutland Town Select Board, but only had a response …
This is what the Houston Chronicle had to say about the EU’s lead with a carbon tax. It has been edited for length:
Afghanistan, the Taliban, translators, political cartoon
I’ve often seen people do things for others, without any apparent self-interest. Other times, we act without thinking at all. Usually, though, when a task requires effort, I need a reason to do it, and that reason often involves what’s in it for me.
This has been a very newsy week for a host of reasons. And while there are things worthy of note, they were not necessarily worthy of 775 words. But broken into pieces and parts, we feel more at ease with sounding off on some of the news of the week with a good, old-fashioned thumbs up/thumbs down.
The year was 1960. The school was the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, an all-white school. The little girl, Ruby Bridges, only 6 years old (the same age as my granddaughter) was Black. Thanks to the elimination of segregation, this little girl was able to go to a presumably …
The essential question in judging our current foreign policy is whether or not democracy is better suited to the world than the myriad other systems that have evolved there over time. Most governing systems in the world, both secular and religious, evolved in response to societies’ needs for…
I started writing this week’s on a cool, soft, moist evening in central Vermont, with Kiki snoozing in the easy chair behind me, and the windows open to catch any breeze and let in the sound of the rain dripping from the eaves. The setting hardly could have been more idyllic.
That we’re already on the downside of meteorological summer — which peaked Thursday — came not so much as a shock but more the kind of grim realization that increasingly seems to be the way we fortify ourselves for the next snippet of bad news. The summer we anticipated so optimistically for…
I felt compelled to write this commentary on political fundraising practices, though not without misgivings in light of my loyalties. I am a committed D/democrat, both small and large “d,” on the left side of the ideological spectrum, and an occasional contributor to various liberal or progr…
Led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s delegation is at the forefront of a plan to fund libraries as part of the federal infrastructure plan. The numbers are staggering — $5 billion for libraries as part of an overall plan in the trillions, some $18 million of which would come to Vermont. Her…
The Delta variant of COVID-19 is very crafty and deadly and … it will find you. Get vaccinated and step up for your family, community and country.
It sounds like the plot of a movie. Maine Sen. Angus King urged government and private-sector officials to do more to be prepared because “the next Pearl Harbor, the next 9/11 will be cyber.”
News, Britney Spears, political cartoon
When Vermont reopened its schools last fall, many feared that COVID-19 cases would threaten the health of students, educators, and communities. A year later, Vermont has demonstrated that schools can reopen for in-person instruction. Conditions for the coming academic year are more favorable…
I want to thank Rosemary Lynn Averill for her letter on Critical Race Theory. I am not sure CRT can resolve our problems in this country, but I am sure Ms. Averill would acknowledge there are many flawed, shameful and racist elements in our history.
Rosemary Lynn Averill’s fear-mongering commentary about Critical Race Theory adds to the right-wing three-card Monty game of focusing on boogeymen, such as cancel culture, and now CRT; thus, avoiding real issues and feeding people’s fears, not building knowledge.
“Armchair Theorizing Without the Facts,” should have been the title of Jim B. Hall’s July 20 commentary on voter fraud. But honestly, “Way Off Base” wasn’t a bad option, given the lackadaisical analysis provided by Mr. Hall.
Ben & Jerry's relied on a Human Rights Watch report, which accused Israel of being an apartheid state, to decide to stop selling its product to Jews in the disputed areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. One assumes that Arabs living in these areas will be able to buy ice cream, just…
Since news broke earlier this week that Ben & Jerry’s is going to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories, Vermont readers and leaders around the globe seem to be giving the company a very chilly reception.
GOP, Yelling in Crowded Theater, Oliver Wendell Holmes, global warming, California, fires, Pacific Northwest fires, political cartoon
Five Questions With
Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…
Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.
Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.
Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.
Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.
Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.
Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.
Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.
Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.
Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.
Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.
Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.
Mark Breen, the "Eye on the Sky" guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.
Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.
Stay-at-home mom and low-income advocate Roni Lynn Shrout, of Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected her family.
Carrie Allen, of Rutland, explains how she has been coping with self-isolation and what she hopes will come from it after the pandemic is over.
Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.
Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.
Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.
Former governor Jim Douglas shared his thoughts on self-isolation.
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